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Electric actuator temperature estimation
Various methods for estimating electric actuator temperature during certain operational windows are provided. In one example, a method comprises adjusting an...
Hybrid vehicle fuel system leak detection
Methods and systems for fuel system leak detection in a hybrid electric vehicle using a fuel reservoir are disclosed. In one example approach, a method...
Method and system for knock control
Methods and systems are provided for improving engine knock control by accounting for a drop in charge cooling efficiency of a knock control fluid at higher...
System and method for reducing vane sticking in a variable geometry
A method for operating an engine system is described herein. The method includes moving a plurality of vanes in a variable geometry turbocharger toward a closed...
Bearing having pre-loading element and method for operation of the bearing
A bearing is provided which includes a first set of rolling elements, a second set of rolling elements spaced away from the first set of rollers, a race at...
Embodiments for vacuum generation are provided. In one example, a method for an engine including a turbocharger having a compressor driven by a turbine...
Encapsulated flexible polyurethane foam and method for making polyol to
A cellular material. The cellular material can be the reaction product of a vegetable-based polyol made from a vegetable oil exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light,...
Methods and systems for operating a driveline disconnect clutch
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, application of a driveline disconnect clutch to start an engine...
Methods and systems for adjusting driveline operation during an
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, an engine may be operated at an idle speed while a driveline...
Managing ring gear torque in a hybrid electric vehicle to increase
available wheel torque
A hybrid electric vehicle includes an engine that can selectively provide drive torque to propel the vehicle. An electric machine also selectively provides...
Trailer hold assist during standstill
A vehicle comprises a speed-sensing device outputting a signal indicating a velocity of the vehicle, a brake system outputting a signal for indicating when the...
Roof mounted rear seat airbag safety cage
Described herein is a rear seat airbag deployment system, a rear seat airbag of the rear seat airbag deployment system, and a method of deploying the rear seat...
Seamless instrument panel passenger air bag door
An air bag housing includes a chute defining an upper perimeter with a first wall extending from the upper perimeter and a cover extending over the chute...
Overhead console incorporating an interchangeable drop down storage bin
An overhead console assembly for a vehicle includes a plurality of interchangeable storage bin modules each defining at least receivers and a differently sized...
Multi-function automotive trunk storage drawer
A vehicle storage drawer includes a frame and a housing slidably attached to the frame with a central aperture defining a receptacle. At least one container is...
Vehicle puddle lamp assembly generating animated image and method
A vehicle puddle lamp assembly is provided and includes a plurality of light projectors located on a vehicle and configured to illuminate different lighted...
Compliance structure for a distensible fuel tank
A distensible fuel tank included in a vehicle is provided. The distensible fuel tank includes a housing and a compliance structure coupled to the housing, the...
Apparatus and method for joining a hydro-formed tube to an extrusion
An assembly is provided that includes a front end support frame and radiator support beam. The front end support frame has an end that defines an opening that...
Battery array rail assembly with tie bracket
A battery array according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a rail that supports a battery cell and a tie bracket...
Automotive vehicle and method for controlling power consumption of a
A method for controlling power consumption of a compressor of an automotive vehicle climate system may include identifying an energy source providing energy to...
Ride performance optimization in an active suspension system
An active vehicle suspension system includes an active damping mechanism operatively coupled to a vehicle wheel and configured for controlling a damping force...
Road wheel ornament
A road wheel includes an outboard surface defining an orifice and a cavity. The road wheel additionally includes an ornament having a bottom surface and a key...
System for machine grinding a crankshaft
A machine grinding system is provided for machine grinding the main bearing journals, pin bearing journals, the post surface, gear-fit wall surface, and the...
Forming tools having textured surfaces
A manufacturing method forms components having a desired shape. A contoured surface is defined for a forming tool for forming a metal blank into the desired...
Apparatus and method for testing a climate controlled vehicle seat
A climate controlled seat test apparatus is provided. The test apparatus may have a pump arrangement configured to alter a pressure within a vicinity of a...
Adjustable front-opening hospital gown
An adjustable front-opening hospital gown includes first and second front panels having respective mating fasteners, a rear panel, and an orientation feature...
Vehicle tail lamp
Traction battery assembly with spring component
A traction battery thermal plate assembly may include a structure having edge portions defining a cavity and configured to support a battery cell array, a...
Methods and systems for assisted direct start control
Methods and systems are provided for pressurizing a transmission hydraulic circuit including a transmission mechanical pump coupled to an engine though a...
Direct-injection internal combustion engine with outwardly opening
injection nozzle, and method for operating...
A direct-injection engine having a cylinder in which a combustion chamber is jointly formed by a piston crown of a piston, which is movable along the...
Air intake duct ice ingestion features
An engine system including an air intake duct positioned upstream of an engine cylinder may include an ice ingestion feature for retaining condensation. An ice...
Reducing enrichment due to minimum pulse width constraint
Methods and systems are provided for maintaining stoichiometry of an exhaust gas during operation of a fuel injector at a threshold pulse width. In response to...
Method of controlling a fuel supply system of an engine of a motor vehicle
A method of controlling a fuel supply system of an engine 10 of a motor vehicle 50 is disclosed in which an engine driven variable output high pressure fuel...
High pressure fuel pumps with mechanical pressure regulation
Methods are provided for operating a high pressure fuel pump to maintain one or more selectable, mechanically-regulated pressures. To reduce the cost and...
Determination of wastegate valve position
Various methods for determining the fully closed position of a wastegate valve are provided. In one example, a non-closed position command for a wastegate valve...
Method of operating a diesel engine system having LNT and SCR
A method of operating a diesel engine 10 having LNT 11 and SCR 13 aftertreatment devices arranged in series to receive exhaust gas from the engine is disclosed...
Crankcase integrity breach detection
Methods and systems are provided for using a crankcase vent tube pressure or flow sensor for diagnosing a location and nature of crankcase system integrity...
Tailgate rock guard structure for pick-up trucks
A structure attached to a tailgate of a loading bed of a vehicle includes a first planar portion that positions substantially over a gap created between the...
Trailer sensor module and associated method of wireless trailer
identification and motion estimation
A method of identifying a trailer with a vehicle includes a step of transmitting a unique identifier with a wireless transmitter attached to the trailer. The...
Hybrid electric vehicle preferred mode
A vehicle may include a controller programmed to adjust operational parameters defining conditions during which the vehicle is to be operated in electric mode...
Methods and systems for driveline torque control
Systems and methods for improving operation of a hybrid vehicle are presented. In one example, driveline oscillations are reduced during engine air-fuel ratio...
Brake pressure apply
A method for brake pressure apply in a hydraulic brake system includes commanding a cage clearance reduction phase and commanding a wheel control phase...
Automatic braking override system
A vehicle includes a vehicle-driver interface and an automated braking system. The automated braking system is configured to automatically apply vehicle brakes...
Securing a jack and a spare wheel to a vehicle
A vehicle includes a spare wheel, a jack and a jack wrench. The jack and a jack wrench are provided to raise the vehicle to allow a user to remove a damaged...
Vehicle and load floor for a vehicle
A vehicle is provided. The vehicle includes a load floor. The load floor is movable from a closed position to an open position in order to provide access to a...
Photoluminescent tailgate and step
A vehicle illumination apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a retractable step in connection with a panel of the vehicle. The retractable step...
Articulating head restraint
A head restraint includes a base bracket with support posts that are configured to easily engage a seatback during vehicle assembly and to provide an electrical...
Torsion profile for a twist beam axle and correspondingly equipped vehicle
A torsion profile for a twist beam axle of a vehicle is provided and includes a base body having an open hollow cross section. The body comprises first and...
Non-destructive aluminum weld quality estimator
An aluminum welding system includes a welding machine configured to weld a workpiece with an aluminum nugget and a measurement device configured to measure an...